Sunday, August 9, 2009

Time and Again by Jack Finney

Science Fiction/Time Travel

Time and Again is the August reading choice for my local Science Fiction Book Club. After reading the book I decided that Time and Again is a classic time travel story that all time travel fans should read.

When you read about time travel it usually requires a time travel machine. Not so in Time and Again by Jack Finney. Here time travel is accomplished using intensive knowledge of the time you want to visit and self-hypnosis to allow you to cross to that time. Time and Again tells the story of Simon Morley, copy artist chosen for a secret government program. After extensive training Simon goes back to New York in 1882. One of the fascinating things about the book is the extensive historical detail about 1882 that are part of the story. While this is a different type of time travel story the problems with changing the past are still a part of the story. Read the book to see what problems Simon Morley encounters after he starts traveling between 1970 and 1882.

Time and Again by Jack Finney (1911-1995) was originally published in 1970. The copy I read was published by Scribner paperback Fiction in 1995. Time and Again will be released as an eBook in October of 2009.

In 1995 Finney published sequel called From Time to Time.

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